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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

Columns by Leonie Barrie

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just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

Accelerating the uptake of sustainable materials 28 January 2015

The clothing and footwear industry thrives on new materials and is increasingly committed to reducing its social and environmental impacts - which should be good news for the uptake of innovative new products and processes. But that’s not always the case, as a series of workshops across three continents heard recently.


The European Commission is looking at the issue of responsible supply chainsEU exploring responsible garment supply chains 23 January 2015

A meeting is taking place within the European Union (EU) today (23 January) to consult on a proposed “flagship initiative” on responsible management of the garment sector supply chain.


Low pay and overtime are said to be a feature of the Italian garment industryDeterioration seen in Italian factory wages and conditions 23 January 2015

New research into Italian shoe and garment factories suggests that competition with Eastern Europe and Asia is driving down wages and working conditions in Italy.


Cone Denim collaboration opens up new opportunities 23 January 2015

Cone Denim has agreed a new R&D collaboration with DSM Dyneema, which it says opens up tremendous opportunities for its expanding line of performance denims.


Studio One invests in fashion business software 23 January 2015

UK based ladies’ and children’s wear manufacturer Studio One is implementing the Visual End-2-End software suite to connect and centralise all product information and processes.


Sanitized strengthens distribution in Europe 23 January 2015

Swiss company Sanitized AG, which specialises in antimicrobial treatments for textiles and synthetic materials, is strengthening its distribution in Europe.


Flame resistant denim developed for workwear 20 January 2015

Westex by Milliken and Cone Denim are teaming up to launch flame resistant denim apparel fabrics for the workwear industry.


Texprocess on track for a record turnout 20 January 2015

Organisers of the upcoming Texprocess trade fair say the event in Frankfurt, Germany is almost fully booked, with four months still to go before it opens its doors in May.


Brazilian footwear firms step up export efforts 20 January 2015

Brazilian footwear firms are stepping up their export efforts as part of a BRL41.4m (US$15.7m) programme over the next two years to target new customers in the US, Mexico, Colombia, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, China and Russia.


Exiting Canada leaves Target to focus on its US operationTarget's Canada exit seen as "a positive" 19 January 2015

The decision by US-based retailer Target Corporation to shut down its Canadian stores has been welcomed by an analyst who says the "exit is a positive."


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